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How To Make Your Church Guest Friendly. Things to be Covered in this Seminar. Principles to help you create an inviting environment for first-time guests How to ''wow'' first-time guests into wanting to come back How to turn first-time guests into second-time guests

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things to be covered in this seminar

Things to be Covered in this Seminar

Principles to help you create an inviting environment for first-time guests

How to ''wow'' first-time guests into wanting to come back

How to turn first-time guests into second-time guests

How to turn second-time guests into regular attenders and then fully-engaged members

How to drastically increase the number of guests who give you their contact information

How to get people to turn in a Connection Card

hebrews 13 1
Hebrews 13:1

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”

is 99 9 good enough what is an acceptable level of quality performance if 99 9 is the goal then
IS 99.9% GOOD ENOUGH? What is an Acceptable Level of Quality Performance? If 99.9% is the Goal Then…
  • Twelve babies will be given to the wrong parents each day in every major city.
  • 200,000 drug prescriptions will be filled incorrectly in the next 12 months.
  • 107 incorrect medical procedures will be performed by the end of the day today.
    • Since 99.9 % is not good enough for parents, pharmacists and doctors, it is not good enough for churches either.
fact 1
FACT #1:
  • Your church cannot grow without Guest.

FACT #2:

  • Your church cannot grow if your Guest don’tcomeback.
the question

What are you doing every Sunday to make sure your Guestreturn?

archbishop william temple said
Archbishop William Temple said,

“The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.”

did you know
Did you know?

Researchers say that church guests decide whether or not to return

to the church they are visiting

in the first tentotwelveminutesupon entering the church campus.

So, what happens in the first twelve minutes?
  • They see your facilities
  • They meet your people
  • They decide whether or not you can meet their needs
  • They decide whether or not to come back
    • Before they have heard the music or sermon
A. Your church campus must:
  • Have directional signage in parking areas and outside of buildings
  • Be well landscaped
  • Be clean, and well maintained
  • Be inviting cosmetically
b parking lot guest parking
B. Parking Lot/Guest Parking
  • Adequate number(about 5%) of guest parking spaces
  • Easy to identify and locate
  • Must be your best parking spaces
  • Must have greeters
c your greeters
C. Your Greeters…
  • Should wear name tags
  • Should be friendly
  • Should understand the value of this ministry
  • Should escort guests to the welcome/information center
  • Should introduce guests by name
the value of a smile
The Value of a Smile

Holiday Inn interviewed 5,000 people to fill 500 positions that were needed to open a new facility. When the hotel managers interviewed these candidates, they excluded anybody who smiled fewer than four times during the course of their interview. This standard was applied to every available job and to every prospective employee.

How many of your church members would qualify for a job at Holiday Inn?

transitioning our guests
Transitioning Our Guests

Parking Lot Greeters should escort all guests from the parking lot to the Welcome/Information Center.

This time is extremely valuable and should be used to discover the interests and needs of the guests which the church can meet.

Getting Ready for



the welcome information center
The Welcome/Information Center

At the Welcome/Information Center, all guests must be welcomed and receive information.

what type of information
What type of information?
  • Church newsletter
  • Information on upcoming events for all ages
  • Information on allministries
  • Information about discipleship/Sunday School classes
  • Information on recreationalopportunities
  • Information on the staff and who to call for what
  • Campus Map
Parking Lot Greeters then escort the guests to a Sunday School class, nursery, youth area or to the Worship Center.

There, the guest must be introduced to the class greeters, teacher or usher by name.

the nursery
The Nursery

The Nursery area must be

clean, bright, cheerful,

and secure.

Acknowledging Guests

During Worship

How we acknowledge our guests during a worship service can either make them feel welcomed or embarrassed.

how to make your guests feel valued
How to make your guests feel valued
  • Include – do not exclude. Act like every person is a first time guest.
  • Everyone who gives an announcement, sings, speaks, etc. must be introduced or introduce themselves.
  • When you acknowledge your guests, allow them some anonymity.
  • Teach your people to value their guests.
  • Ask your guest to fill out as much information on the communication card as they feel comfortable giving
following up and following through
Following Up and Following Through

Herb Miller gives the following statistics for following up:

85% of guests return if visited in 36 hours

60% of guests return if visited in 72 hours

15% of guests return if visited in 7 days.

If the pastor makes the first visit instead of a lay person the percentage is cut in half.

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Following Up and Following Through

Immediate Follow-Up Idea: Doorstep Visit

  • Print a directional map from the church to First time Guest homes.
  • Deliver a Gift Bag as a “Thank You for visiting” gesture.
  • Make it a Doorstep Visit. Say something like this “My name is Steve Pearson and this is Sam Smith from First Baptist Church and we’re not coming in but we wanted to come by and say thank you for visiting FBC and here is a small gift from the Church.”
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Following Up and Following Through

Immediate Follow-Up Idea: Gift Bag at WC

  • Entice first time guest to fill out the communication card by telling them to turn in the Communication card to the Welcome Center for a free gift.
  • The free gift could be a gift bag, Music CD or a book.
  • Thank them for visiting and invite them back for something specific. (Age group Event)
Most Churches consider themselves to be very friendly. The truth is they are, but usually to themselves. It is important for all Churches to do their best to make sure that every guest feels loved and welcomed.

As you incorporate these and your own ideas into the life and ministry of your church you will be well on your way to becoming a Guest Friendly Church.